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The Original OLD BAY Shrimp Boil Shrimp Fest

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Makes 8 large servings.

What could be more fun? Newspapers covering the table. Fingertips full of flavor. No food brings people together quite like a shrimp boil. Just roll up your sleeves and enjoy piles of steaming, delicious shrimp.


  4 quarts water (16 cups)

  1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)

  1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning

  2 Tbs salt

  8 medium red potatoes, quartered

  2 large onions, cut into wedges

  2 lbs lean smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces

  8 ears fresh corn, shucked and halved crosswise

  4 lbs unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)

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Bring water, beer, OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes.

Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.

Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or, mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning, if desired